Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa

I am always amazed at the difference eyebrows can make. Some people actually look better without eyebrows, like Whoopi Goldberg. Have you ever noticed that she removed hers completely? Check it out.

No question, she looks better without them!

No question, she looks better without them!

Most people, however, look better with them…especially if they are well-groomed. A fabulous eyebrow option that was sent to the BIZ is Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow ($22), which is a waterproof gel eyebrow filler. I am reviewing Cocoa, a wonderful shade for those with medium brown hair with blonde highlights (if you have more red in your hair, consider Mahogany instead).

Cailyn

Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa

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a closer look at the bottom jar that has the eyebrow gel

the top conceals the brush

the top is actually the brush

I love the packaging; I think it’s pretty ingenious. The top handle is actually a slant tipped brush that makes it easy to achieve a realistic looking eyebrow – not the dreaded ‘unicolor’ that looks unnatural. Just  fill in brows with short strokes going from the bottom of the brow upwards. Be sure to clean the brush before popping it back into the handle.

The top unscrews to reveal the gel eyebrow filler underneath.

Cocoa

Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa

Cocoa swatched

Cocoa swatched

The gel eyebrow filler is different from a typical brow wax. It’s softer and more natural looking. It’s also extremely long wearing. Cailyn Cosmetics has perfected something called ’3D Smart Film Former’, which turns the pigment into a balm that keeps color true. The color doesn’t fade throughout the day so touch-ups just aren’t necessary. It’s also waterproof so you can go swimming without fear of losing those awesome eyebrows.

The Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow comes in eight different shades to fit most hair colors:  Birch, Hazelnut, Nutmeg, Cocoa, Mahogany, Oak, Ebony, and Espresso.  Birch is for the lightest of blondes, Hazelnut is for cool blondes, and Nutmeg is for warm or strawberry blondes. Cocoa is perfect for my medium brown hair with blonde highlights, while Mahogany is for medium brunettes with red highlights. Oak is for deep brown hair, and Ebony is for grey hair. Espresso is for the blackest black hair. Remember, you want to go a shade or two lighter than your hair color for the best results.

If you are looking for something easy and effective for gorgeous eyebrows or if you are looking to try something other than the typical eyebrow pencil or brow wax, I definitely recommend the Gelux Eyebrow. It’s a winner.  - Lisa

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Bringing out the colorful side of life with Anastasia Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint

Most of us think of mascara as brown or black with an occasional color like navy or dark green thrown into the mix. But Anastasia can be all about fun which they prove with their Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint. As they say “Bright is the new Bold”. They’ve proved that you can be bright and beautiful with three new mascaras.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

When this package arrived at my door I must admit I looked at my driver’s license to see my age. I am old and wearing these amazingly bright colors could be a shock to my system. But I’m game for just about anything with cosmetics since my philosophy is that it all washes off. So I gave them all a go and figured out that I can wear some of these some of the time. These are not going to be my everyday products but for a fun night at the lake or a party, why not?

There are 3 different shades of Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint: Ultra Violet, Electric Blue and In the Pink.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Each shade is $22 and comes with a small size LASH GENIUS so you are getting a bonus with these. It’s the perfect way to try out Lash Genius.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Lash & Brow Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Lash & Brow Tint

Now enjoy these pictures

Let’s start with Electric Blue – a perfect name for this color. On my dark lashes and with my fair skin it’s definitely electric but the funny thing is that I applied this, put on my glasses and it was hours before my husband realized I was wearing Electric Blue on my lashes.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue with Lash Genius

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue with Lash Genius

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

In The Pink: I didn’t get a picture of me wearing this as a mascara but here it is with Electric Blue on my brows. Now THIS my husband noticed!! In the Pink is a bright fuchsia shade though I I find it casts a slightly orange/red tinge.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue and In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue and In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Ultra-Violet is the normal one in the group and my favorite. It doesn’t show up on me as wearing a purple mascara though in certain lights you can see that it is. It brings out the coolness of some eyeshadows though. It’s much more obvious on my eyebrows and would be more so if I’d filled them in better. I like this a lot as a mascara.

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint on my lashes and brows

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint on my lashes and brows

A few things you want to know:

1) This is a thick mascara, it wasn’t wet even from day one.

2) I didn’t get extra volume or length from these but I did get nice definition.

3) I had no smudging or flaking from the mascaras. The only time I noticed a problem was when I rubbed my eyes and some came off but I hadn’t used the Lash Genius.

4) This dries really fast. That’s not a problem when using it as a mascara but if you want to comb your lashes do it quickly. It did make it a little hard to use it on my brows though since I wasn’t adept enough to make them clump free.

5) If an old broad like me can wear these, then anyone can! I may not be Cindy Lauper but I’m willing to have fun with Anastasia’s Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint – though not every day!anastasia hypercolor  swatches

Are you brave enough to wear these? What color/s would you pick?? — Marcia

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Getting Bold Brows and Beautiful Eyes with the stunning Anastasia Bold and Beautiful Kit

Anastasia Beautiful Eyes and Bold Brows

Anastasia Bold & Beautiful Kit

Anastasia, the line renowned for amazing brow products, has a truly gorgeous set available that makes for both bold brows and for beautiful eyes. This fabulous set, called the Bold & Beautiful Kit, is a real bargain at only $36 so we were thrilled they sent it to the BIZ for review. Look at all you get for that terrific price:

Vol. 1 Bold Brows

Brow Powder, Pomade, Mini Duo Brush, and Mini Tweezers allow you to sculpt, define, and beautifully layer color for perfect brows.

Vol. 2 Beautiful Eyes

Four matte and shimmering shadows in versatile neutrals are the perfect shades to finish any look. Layer them wet and dry to create anything from a subtle, sheer wash of color to an intense, nude smoky eye.

the books of beautiful

the books of beautiful eyes and brows

The packaging is fantastic. It’s put together like a vintage mini-book set. It is truly gorgeous and I think I’d buy the set just because it looks so elegantly magnificent. Anastasia really outdid themselves with this one. This is a wonderfully compact set that is fabulous for travel; this set is one to take on vacation with you.

The Beautiful Eyesbook’ has four eyeshadow shades plus a dual sided eyeshadow brush. The colors include a matte cream, a shimmery peach, a matte light tan, and a blackened-brown with shimmer – actually it’s more like glitter, the particles are larger.

Beautiful Eyes

Beautiful Eyes book

First two shades

first two shades

second two shades

second two shades

swatched

eyeshadows swatched

The pigmentation is excellent and these shades can be used wet or dry. I love the first shade as a lid shade and for the brow. The middle two shades are excellent for the lid or crease. The last shade is a fantastic eyeliner, really impressive.

brush

dual-ended brush

The Bold Brows ‘book’ includes  a medium brown brow powder, tinted brow pomade, mini tweezers, and a mini dual ended brow brush/angled brow powder brush.

Bold brows

Bold brows book

On the far left is a deep brown pomade, next to it is a taupe ash-brown brow powder.

brows up close

brows up close

You can apply the just the pomade with the spoolie end of the brush for a natural look since it gives little color to the brows or apply the brow powder first then the pomade to hold it in place.

brush and spoolie

mini dual ended brow brush/angled brow powder brush

The brush and spoolie are terrific – you will keep these in your stash forever.

tweezers

mini tweezers

And hooray, the tweezer is fantastic! It should be no surprise since Anastasia is known for its brow expertise, but I am so used to slightly sub-par tools in mini sets that this was a happy revelation.

Anastasia

Anastasia brow and eye of the day

Anastasia

Another look at my Bold and Beautiful eye of the day

For the eye look above, I used the brow powder with the pomade swept through.  I then used the shimmer peach on the lid and up through the crease, the blackened-brown over on the crease and outer portion of the lid, and the cream for the brow.

Here are a few eye charts with some ideas for you.

Anastasia chart

Anastasia chart 2

 

This is one gorgeous set that is well worth checking out. You can find the Bold & Beautiful Set at Sephora, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Nordies, and Ulta.  - Lisa

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In search of the perfect brows with Joey Healy

I think as I get older, I get lazier. How about you?

I hate taking the time to do my eyebrows, but we all know what a big impact eyebrows can make. Frida Kahlo would have a much different look if she were alive now and  Joey Healy got a hold of her.

Major tweezer action needed!

Frida sports a different look than we wear today

But I don’t have the time or the patience anymore for brow stencils, eyebrow wax, and hour-long tweezing sessions. During my search for the best simple brow routine, the BIZ received some Joey Healy items…and I found my answer.

Joey

Joey Healy’s trio of awesomeness

These three items (plus a tweezer) are all you will ever need for great looking brows in seconds.  I already reviewed the awesome tweezers HERE, so be sure to check that out.

classy packaging

classy packaging

All of Joey’s products come in chic, luxurious black faux-leather pouches.

Corduroy

Luxe Brow Powder in Corduroy

The Corduroy Luxe Brow Powder ($28) is one of six shades offered by Joey. The shades go from the lightest blonde to the deepest black, with some great options for redheads.

I chose Corduroy, a cool ash taupe. It looks a little grey, but it works fantastically and suits blondes as well as brunettes. It gives just enough color to define the brows without making them the focal point of your face (which you really want to avoid – focus on eyes or lips.  A prominent eyebrow is NOT a good thing.) Corduroy is actually the number one shade in Joey’s line. The pan is huge, you will probably only need to buy one of these in your lifetime. You can use the powder dry for a natural finish or if you’d like a  more stylized look you can use it wet. The formula is waterproof so it definitely lasts all day.

brush

Duo Brow Brush – brush end

The Duo Brow Brush ($28) is an absolute essential. Your brow powder isn’t going to look good if you don’t have a great brow brush, that’s for sure. The brush end is angled perfectly for brows and is a mixture of cruelty-free boar and badger hair. This makes for a wonderfully stiff brush head, perfect for filling in brows.

spoolie

spoolie end

The spoolie end is also terrific – it’s very stiff so it brushes the eyebrows quickly and easily.

My brow routine takes about one minute. First, I sweep my eyebrow UP with the spoolie end of the Duo Brow Brush. Next, I tap in the Corduroy Luxe Powder with the brush end, dragging the brush upwards as I fill in the brow. I then brush my eyebrows up one more time with the spoolie end. Brushing the hairs up opens the eye and frames the face beautifully. If your eyebrow hairs are too long, you will have to take the time to trim them…long eyebrows are like long nose hairs, nothing anyone wants to see.

Structure Clear Set

Structure Clear Set

The final touch happens with the Brow Structure Clear Set ($25). While I brush my eyebrows up twice, if I don’t use my Brow Structure the hairs always fall at some point during the day. This is a water-resistant, transparent gel that sets your eyebrow and keeps it in place all day. It doesn’t leave brows stiff or sticky like brow wax can.

inside

inside

One sweep of the Brow Structure Clear Set and I am done with brows in 1 minute and ten seconds.

My Joey Healy brows

My Joey Healy brows

If you want gorgeous brows, I would recommend that you go to a professional for an initial clean-up.  Then, just pluck the incoming hairs as they arrive and use the four essentials from Joey Healy to keep your brows looking fabulous in under two minutes. Quick and easy enough for even the most lazy of us!  - Lisa

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Joey Healy Elite Sculpting Tweezer, plus Joey’s take on the brows at the Oscars

No one knows brows like Joey Healy.  Joey is an eyebrow stylist, professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician. His fabulous Joey Healy Eyebrow Collection launched in 2011, and his products are the bomb for creating perfect eyebrows.

Joey Healy

Joey Healy

I previously posted about Joey’s excellent Brow Architect Stylo HERE, which I use every single morning without fail.  Now I am totally bananas for his Elite Sculpting Tweezer ($35).

joey healy logo

I like my tweezers to grab every hair with ease.  I like them to precisely remove hair, without grabbing my skin and making an ugly situation even worse.    The Elite Sculpting Tweezer is sheer perfection – it’s made from stainless steel, and the elongated angled tips have no problem grabbing even the tiniest of hairs.

love the packaging!

love the packaging!

This is a tweezer that I can count on for both creating perfect brows and for keeping them up between major tweezing sessions.  It comes in a clear case that makes them easy to transport in case I spot any stray hairs.

joey healy tweezers

the elongated ends capture even tiny hairs easily

the elongated ends capture even tiny hairs easily

I’ve endured many tweezers that can’t grab tiny hairs, or that always seem to grab skin, so it’s just a pleasure to use these tweezers.  Joey Healy knows his stuff, his line of brow products will easily create the perfect look for you.  See below for Joey’s take on the brows at the Oscars – there are some hits and some misses.  It’s fascinating!  - Lisa

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OSCAR HITS according to Joey Healy

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway:

I dream a dream of perfect eyebrows. The Les Miserables starlet dazzled the red carpet with bold, brunette brows which worked perfectly to balance her short pixie cut.  I would have loved to see her sweep those bangs aside even more, to really showcase her flawless, bold brows.

Adele

Adele

Adele:

Adele’s brows definitely made the Skyfall (in a good way)! Her brow color perfectly complimented her sandy blonde locks and her beauty look is all about the eyes.  I love this soft, yet finished brow to complete her look, it says “glamour” all the way.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron:

With Charlize Theron’s newly cropped coif, there was no hiding those brows. She set her own trend for the evening, stepping away from thick, bushy brows, and went for a streamlined, elegant arch that works flawlessly with her bone structure. The ashy, taupe tone of her brows really brings out the emerald green in her eyes.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington:

Kerry Washington wowed the crowd with her luscious, thick brows.This Django Unchainted actress looks like she just stepped off the New York Fashion Week runway. For someone with a prominent mouth, high cheek bones and large eyes, her brows harmoniously balanced the rest of her features. Her eyebrows play into her youthful appearance and enhance her fresh-faced look.

OSCAR MISSES

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain:

Jessica Chastain’s role in Zero Dark Thirty was all about the search, yet the search is still on for her eyebrows. To balance out her bold lip color, she needed a bold brow to keep her face in high/low proportion. She missed the mark on achieving a polished brow look and should have opted for a soft cinnamon powder.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence:

Oscar golden girl Jennifer Lawrence looked like Hollywood royalty, although her brows were not the stars of her beauty look. While her Oscar nominated role was bold and daring, her brows did not follow the Playbook. Whisper light and thin, her eyebrows are not up to my standards of perfection.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner:

Jennifer Garner showed support for hubby Ben Affleck on the red carpet, but her brows did not glam up her look. Jennifer’s eyebrows would benefit from being darker, especially with her light, airy makeup. Her shape is on-point, but the resulting brow looks patchy and sparse.

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried:

Amanda Seyfried’s brows are so Miserables. The awkard,  brassy tone is too light and looks disjointed from her hair color. A triumphant start to her shape sadly fizzles to an underwhelming tail. Her beauty look was simply not red carpet worthy.

Tarte and QVC bring you Journey to Natural Beauty

tarte journey

It’s time for another fantastic QVC deal from Tarte Cosmetics!  Tarte says, “Start your journey to natural beauty with this 6-piece collection of essentials infused with the best kept secrets of the Amazon. This hand-picked set comes with a chic, travel-friendly bag and brush – making it the perfect accessory to face any adventure.” You can pre-order the TSV, Journey to Natural Beauty, by using item # A233578. It will be available on QVC live and also on QVC.com Tuesday, Feb. 5th using item #A231029. This is priced at $59.94 (after the TSV is over it will cost $72.40).

Sounds like a winner – let’s see what Marcia and Lisa think as they divide up the items to tell you about this set.

Lisa’s Descriptions:

I have long been a huge fan of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (retail price ($26) and this beauty certainly didn’t let me down. This is a new shade called Fearless, which is a warm pink with silver shimmer. This is only available in this set.

Fearless Blush

Fearless Blush

I love the color and the formula has the same long-lasting, beautiful finish that all Tarte blushes have.

Fearless Blush swatched - see the tiny silver shimmers?

Fearless Blush swatched - see the tiny silver shimmers?

If you like cool-toned blushes you will be very, very happy with this one.  The accompanying brush (Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush, retail $32) is so pretty – it matches the bag perfectly. This is a limited edition brush that you’ll only find in Journey to Natural Beauty.

tarte journey to natural brush

The description says this is a foundation brush and it works beautifully for that. But it’s also a terrific powder brush and it works for blush too – pat it on the blush then quickly pat on the apples of the cheeks for a healthy look.

So pretty!

So pretty!

tarte journey to natural brush head

Tarte says this brush is “the secret to airbrushing without the air.” At a retail value of $32, this brush alone is worth over half the price of the entire set!

A wonderful finishing tool is the Brow Architect Shaper, Liner & Definer (retails for $25).

The Brow Architect

The Brow Architect

This is a terrific brow tool with a spoolie on one side, highlighter in the middle, and color on the other side. Gotta love three in one products!! Start with the highlighter (it’s in the middle of the tool – easy to miss unless you know it’s there!) under the brow. This unique sponge-tip applicator has the powder already in/on it. Sweeping this under the brow shapes, highlights, and hides stray hairs.

highlighter

highlighter

Highlighter swatch

Highlighter swatch

fair - light brow color

Fair – light brow color

Next, fill in your brows and make them more defined with the color end of the tool.

My sample kit came with the fair-light shade, which worked fine for my dark brown hair.  You actually want your brows to be a little lighter than your hair color.

fair-light brow color swatched

fair-light brow color swatched

After shading in the brows, finish the look by combing your brow hair UP with the spoolie end. Doing so will give your eyes a real lift and make your brows look perfect.

spoolie

spoolie

Marcia’s Descriptions:

Besides the large beautiful cosmetic bag that these are housed in there are 3 more items to love in this kit. First there’s the foundation, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Broad Spectrum SPF15 (retail value $38). This is a beautiful weightless foundation that is both buildable and easy to blend. When you order you’ll have a choice of 5 shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan or Deep.

•Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation

• Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation

This is an oil-free foundation that is long wearing. Even though it’s called full coverage it’s not a heavy foundation. Your skin will still breathe and you won’t look like you are wearing a mask. Even though I normally wear Fair in most Tarte foundations I’m very comfortable with Light in this too.

swatch of Light unblended

swatch of Light unblended

There’s a beautiful lipstick included in this kit that’s a perfect complement to Fearless blush. It’s called Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Plummy Rose (retail value $26) which is a perfect description for the tones of this lipstick. Tarte doesn’t use artificial scents in their products so I had nothing to fear when I applied this buttery lipstick. The description calls it a deep rose but I find that if applied lightly it’s more like its name. I can intensify the lipstick to a deep rose shade but I like it with a light layer personally.

Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Plummy Rose

Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Plummy Rose

This is a buttery moisturizing lipstick with a light peppermint scent that is gone quickly. I love how it feels and looks on my lips.

Plummy Rose swatched

Plummy Rose swatched

I saved the best for last. I love Tarte mascaras. I think they are amazing and they’ve brought out a new one just for this TSV. You’ve probably heard of Lights, Camera, Lashes! before but now they created Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara. This is not only a deep rich black that lengthens and defines but it has incredible volume. They say up to 752% more volume. I’ll have to take their word for it since I don’t have the proper measuring tools but what I see in the mirror makes me believe that it’s got tons of volume.

Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara

Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara

tarte journey to natural mascara brushI’ve had no clumping or smudging and the raccoons are being kept at bay with the mascara. I need eye makeup remover to get it off but it comes off easily with it. While Lights, Camera, Lashes (Sephora, $19) comes in a purple tube, they’ve pumped up the volume of this Statement Mascara with a gold tube. If you want to try this special mascara, guess where you’ll find it exclusively? That’s right – in this Journey to Natural Beauty set from QVC.

Overall, this is yet another amazing set from Tarte that is an incredible value.  If you had to buy these separately it would cost you $166 without the cosmetic bag. But on February 5th (or preorder now) you’ll get this for only $59.94. That’s some savings!! Tune in to QVC for tarte beauty Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from Midnight – 1 a.m., 10 – 11 a.m., 3 – 4 p.m., 7 – 8 p.m. EST to see this deal. We’re convinced once you see it, you’ll want it.

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Some favorites by Tweezerman

Little things can make a big difference, especially when it comes to beauty tools. Tweezerman is usually the first line I turn to for those tiny but mighty beauty accessories.  I love that this line is available at Target, CVS, Bed Bath & Beyond, and lots of other places so it’s easy to find.  And Tweezerman isn’t just for tweezers.  They have some terrific items that have become necessities for me.  I cannot do without the Tweezerman Br0w Trimming Scissors ($18).

These scissors are total perfection for trimming eyebrows.  The contour is amazing, making it super easy to trim the brows, and the blades are very sharp so they cut cleanly and precisely.  The scissors come with this eyebrow spoolie brush:

Tweezerman eyebrow brush

Just brush your brows upward with the eyebrow brush, then use the scissors to trim away the excess.  Trimmed brows make a HUGE difference in your look – goodness knows you don’t want to look like this guy!

He needs some Tweezerman.

Another favorite of mine is the Tweezerman Folding Lashcomb ($9.50).  Marcia raved and raved about this little prize, and after trying it just once I understood why.  This has a golden lash comb that is fantastic for combing out mascara clumps and separating the lashes.

Lash Comb

fully open

You can fold it however you need to get at your lashes, and when you are done the gold teeth are fully protected when stored completely closed.

sheer perfection

Little things can make such a difference, and having trimmed brows and clump-free lashes will change your whole look for the better.  Don’t just think of Tweezerman for tweezers, give these two little gems a try!  – Lisa

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